Record Store Day 2018 started off strong in Brooklyn on Saturday (April 21) with the third annual Record Store Day Crawl.
The vinyl-enthusiast event began with a breakfast buffet (the highlight once again being the French toast sticks) and morning drinks at Baby’s All Right, providing crawlers with energy to power through the day of crate diving for exclusives.
The crawl included four destinations: HiFi Records, Academy Records Annex, Halcyon, and Rough Trade.
For those who didn’t spend the internationally celebrated holiday being bused in style from one record store to the next, here’s a breakdown of what happened.
11 a.m. – Crawlers convene at Baby’s All Right and are greeted with a swag bag full of vinyl and vinyl accessories, posters, pins and a sample-size bottles of Deep Eddy’s Vodka — a sponsor of the crawl.
1:20 p.m. – The bus driver took a wrong turn and got lost in Brooklyn for a bit, but fortunately the disco ball at Baby’s kept spinning and maintained the mood as crawlers used the extra time to determine which exclusives topped their must-find list.
1:40 p.m. – “We almost got a refund!” a crawl organizer jokes as the crawlers finally board the bus.
1:41 p.m.: With just an acoustic guitar backed by a tambourine and maracas, Irish rock band ASH starts playing as the coach bus carrying the Record Store Day crawlers starts off on its trip from Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn to Hifi Records in Queens. Their yearning, soothing alt-rock is a captivating soundtrack for the sunny afternoon.
1:46 p.m.: Crawlers quietly, gleefully sing along under their breath as singer Tim Wheeler busts out ASH’s fan-favorite hit “Goldfinger.”
1:52 p.m.: “This is definitely the weirdest gig we’ve ever done,” Wheeler quips to laughs and applause as the bus winds its way through Williamsburg.
2:15 p.m.: Arriving at the quaint, excellently curated Hifi Records in Astoria, Queens, crawlers are greeted with more complementary Deep Eddy Vodka and a grip of truly delicious vegan empanadas from VSpot. Was more food needed? No. Was it eaten? Yes.
2:30 p.m.: The cooler housing the vodka needs to get from the front of the packed record store to the very back — guitarist Kevin Goldhawn is asked to momentarily pause playing guitar as the store manager politely asks if everyone can help pass the cooler back from one person to the next. “Oh, you want us to crowdsurf a keg?” a crawler asks. “You gotta speak our language.”
3:30 p.m.: As the bus goes from Queens back to Brooklyn to hit up Academy Records, ASH wraps its second and final set. “One more song!” someone yells, to which the band cheekily responds by starting a bus-wide chant of the international soccer anthem “Ole, Ole, Ole.”
4:45 p.m. – Shots are served to crawlers at Halcyon as a live DJ spins techno in the store.
5:08 p.m. – The Shacks had finished an earlier set at Rough Trade as a new band loads in. Outside, the line to browse RSD exclusives was about a block out the store (which had opened at 9 a.m.). “I think we beat last year,” a clerk says.